JOHOR BAHARU – The state government will launch another free bus service for Malaysians in Johor, latest by March.
Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin said the service would be in the Iskandar Malaysia area but details had yet to be finalised.
He hoped the move would ease the burden of the people affected by the economic uncertainty.
“We are still studying the routes and mechanism to ensure only the people of Johor and Malaysia will benefit from the free service.
“Foreigners will be required to pay a certain sum of money to use the service,” he told reporters after launching a 2016 School Bus Fare Subsidy Aid Programme in Pasir Gudang, Saturday.
The Johor state government had already launched a free bus service here covering the Larkin-Johor Baharu Sentral-Johor Baharu City Council-Jalan Wong Ah Fook-Larkin route, in July 2014.
On the subsidy, Mohamed Khaled said the programme was held for the first time on the initiative of the Pasir Gudang Foundation (YPG) and Pasir Gudang UMNO to help the low income group.
“We provide RM180,000 for 800 pupils from 500 families as bus fares from February to December since we know transportation costs are among the major headaches of parents,” said Mohamed Khaled, who is also YPG chairman. – BERNAMA